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Why Pets Need Microchips

Real Estate Agent with Vista Sotheby's International

The Reality:  Each year about 1/2 of dogs and cats that enter animal shelters in the U.S. are euthanized.  This equates to about 3 million animals. 


The Problem: Many of these animals are lost from loving families with no way to reconnect. 


The Solution: Microchips.


Today on MSNBC, I read a story about a husky named Bonnie that was stolen in North Dakota on November 1, 2009.  The husky, months later, was found wandering the streets.....in Los Angeles!  With 1700 miles between them, only identification through a microchip implanted by Bonnie's family would be able to reunite them.  This story is definitely one to be remembered. 

So if microchipping is so effective in protecting your pets, why doesn't everyone do it?  In Europe, about 25% of owners install microchips into their pets...a trend that is becoming more standard.  In America, that number drops significantly to 5%.  This is 5% of 130 Million dogs and cats...only 6.5 million.  Not a very high number.

While there is still work being done to streamline the microchip databases and procedures, without a microchip, your pet may end up 1700 miles away with no way to get home.






GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster
THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279) - Westminster, CO
REOptions LLC

Ms Rebecca,


I do so agree...good post

Gary d in Denver

Mar 24, 2010 05:03 AM
Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy

Rebecca, thanks for the advice. We have a cat we would hate to lose. She is an indoor cat but if she ever got outside no telling what she would do.

Mar 24, 2010 05:04 AM
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Rebecca...I think micochips for dogs is fine.  But for us, who are able to verbally communicate, well...no.  Cherise

Mar 24, 2010 07:25 AM
Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor - San Pedro, CA
" A great Realtor? Everyone knows it's Wendy!


That is a great story!  I would be devastated if lost my Beagle, "Suzanna."  I believe that microchips is a great tool to ensure we don't lose our family members! :-)



Mar 25, 2010 11:03 PM